Pakistan’s Federal Minister for Information, Fawad Chaudhry has revealed the details behind the threats received by the New Zealand cricket team which led to the cancelation of their tour of Pakistan. Fawad revealed that the threatening emails to a member of the New Zealand cricket team were sent from India.
He showed that the threat was sent from an associated device in India using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) which showed the IP address located in Singapore. He revealed that the device used to send the threatening email had 13 other email addresses associated with it which all included Indian names.
The email ID linked with the threatening email used the name ‘Hamza Afridi’ which was purposefully used to malign Pakistan. He said that the whole saga hints at the involvement of Indian agencies. He further stated that the mobile device ‘RMX 1971 (Realme)’ was launched in India in August 2019 and the mobile sim ‘Reliance Jio’ was registered with the mobile in 2019.
جس موبائل ڈیوائس سے دھمکی دی گئی وہ اگست2019 میں بھارت میں لانچ کی گئی اور25 ستمبر کو ایکٹو ہوئی جسکے زریعے اوم پراکاش مشرا نامی شخص نے حمزہ آفریدی نامی جعلی ای میل آئی ڈی ممبئی سے بنائی اور وی پی این کےزریعے سنگاپور کی لوکیشن لگا کر دھمکی دی۔ وزیر اطلاعات @fawadchaudhry pic.twitter.com/FIxZvUcTCS
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Fawad further revealed that multiple threats were made prior to New Zealand traveling to the country which did not lead to the cancelation of the tour. He said that New Zealand cricketer, Martin Guptill’s wife had also received a threat but the threat was labeled as a hoax, he said, adding that Pakistani authorities have contacted Interpol to further assist on the matter.
The federal minister said that a fake Facebook post was circulated on 19 August from a fabricated account made in the name of ‘Ehsanullah Ehsan’ which threatened to attack the New Zealand cricket team if they toured Pakistan. He stated that all the threats were deemed not credible and New Zealand continued with the tour of the country.
It was further revealed that a similar threat has been made to the West Indies cricket team. An email has been sent to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) from yet another fabricated email ID made in the name of ‘Ehsanullah Ehsan’. The briefing stated that the email ID has misspelled the name of Ehsanullah.